Eragrostis botryodes Clayton

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Synonyms: Eragrostis atrovirens var. congesta Robyns & Tournay
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Caespitose perennial without rhizomes or stolons; culms slender, up to 90 cm tall, erect, unbranched, glabrous at the nodes, eglandular; basal leaf sheaths glabrous, chartaceous, terete, eglandular, persistent; ligule a line of hairs; leaf laminas 10–30 cm × 2–4 mm, linear, flat or involute, glabrous or ciliate below, eglandular.Panicle 4–20 cm long, ovate or oblong, open, the spikelets densely clustered along the distal half of the primary branches on pedicels 0.5–2.5 mm long, the primary branches not in whorls, terminating in a fertile spikelet, glabrous in the axils, eglandular.Spikelets 3–7(12) × 1.5–2.5 mm, narrowly ovate-oblong, laterally compressed, 6–20-flowered, the florets disarticulating from below upwards, the rhachilla persistent; glumes subequal, 0.8–1.7 mm long, reaching about 2/3 the way along the adjacent lemmas, keeled, lanceolate in profile, glabrous, acute or subacute at the apex; lemmas 1.7–2.5 mm long, keeled, ovate in profile, membranous with distinct lateral nerves, diverging from the rhachilla at less than 45°, those in opposite rows imbricate and concealing the rhachilla, very dark green, glabrous, subacute at the apex; palea deciduous with or soon after the lemma, glabrous on the flanks, the keels slender, wingless, pubescent; anthers 3, 0.5–1 mm long.Caryopsis c. 0.7 mm long, elliptic.
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Habitat: Dambos, swampy river banks and watershed grassland
Altitude range: (metres) 850 - 1680 m
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Worldwide distribution: Tropical Africa, mainly in the east
Zimbabwe distribution: W
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 345.

Cope, T.A. (1999). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(2) Pages 111 - 112.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 103.

Poilecot, P. (2007). Eragrostis species of Zimbabwe Éditions Quae,Versailles, France Pages 134 - 135. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Eragrostis botryodes., retrieved 26 May 2024

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